You probably have a Wi-Fi network at home. You might even be within striking distance of one or more that enticingly appears in a list whenever you turn on your laptop or glance at your phone. The issue is that security is turned on when a lock is next to the network name. The network name is also called the SSID or service set identifier.
There are alternative approaches to reconnecting to the Wi-Fi. Some need such severe patience that the café concept will likely work well. If you can’t wait, keep reading.
How can I hack a wi-fi password?
Here are methods you can use to access a wi-fi network
Get the Key using Windows Commands
Only if you’ve forgotten a prior password will this approach help you retrieve a Wi-Fi network password. Windows builds a profile for each Wi-Fi network you connect to, which is how it operates. Windows will also forget the password if you instruct it to bypass the network. Then, this won’t function. However, not many individuals do it.
You must enter a Windows Command Prompt with administrator rights to perform this. The Command Prompt will appear when you click the Start Menu and input “cmd” (without the quotes); right-click that entry and choose Run as administrator. That will reveal the prompt inside the black box full of text; it is the line with the right-facing arrow at the end, most likely something like C: WINDOWSsystem32>. Where you type will be shown by a flashing cursor. beginning with “netsh WLAN show profile.”
The WLAN search results include all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve accessed and saved in User Profiles. Please select the one you want the password for, mark it, and then copy it. Use your copied network name to replace the Xs at the prompt below. You only need to use quote marks if the network name contains spaces, such as “Cup o Jo Cafe.” netsh WLAN show profile name=”XXXXXXXX” key=clear
Look for the line marked Key Content under Security Settings in the newly displayed data. The word shown is the Wi-Fi password or Key you are missing. To get the Mac version of a command prompt on macOS, use Spotlight search (Cmd+Space) and type Terminal. Replace the Xs with the network name as you type the following “find-generic-password -wa XXXXX security.”
If you do not know the router’s password, you cannot accomplish it. (Except if you went out of your way to assign the same password to the Wi-Fi and router, which is not recommended.) Only physical connection with an Ethernet cable or wireless connectivity through Wi-Fi will allow you to reset the router.
Before resetting a router provided by your internet service provider (ISP), look at the stickers on the device. The ISP may have imprinted the SSID and network security key directly on the hardware.
The last option is as follows: Nearly all routers include a recessed reset button. Suppose you push the router with a pen or an unfolded paperclip and hold it for around 10 seconds. In that case, the router will reset to the factory default settings.
Switch off the router
On the neighboring apartment’s Wi-Fi, this won’t function. You need direct physical access to the router to achieve this. To use your Wi-Fi, you should first attempt to log into the router before completing a reset. If you forget your Wi-Fi password or Key, you may quickly reset it.
After a reset, you’ll need that alternate username/password combination to access the router. Use an Ethernet-connected PC to reset the router because doing so breaks any active Wi-Fi connection. The actual access is frequently done via a web browser, even though many routers and whole-home mesh systems may now be handled via an app.
Some routers may publish the default Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and network security key (password), enabling you to re-join the network following a reset. Any variation of 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, or another URL can be used to examine a router’s settings in a browser. Randomly test them; it typically works.
To find out which computer connects to the router via Ethernet, open a command prompt and type ipconfig. Among the lingo, locate an IPv4 Address beginning with 192.168. Each of the two extra spaces, or octets, will have a unique value between 0 and 255. Watch the third octet (probably a 1 or 0). Each of the two extra spaces, or octets, will have a unique value between 0 and 255. Watch the third octet (probably a 1 or 0). The last one is specific to the device you’re using to connect to the router.
In your browser, type “192.168.x.1”, replacing the “X” with the outcome of the “config query.” The “1” in the last octet should be directed at the router as it is the most crucial component of the network. The router should now request the login and password you provided (which is probably not the same as the Wi-Fi SSID and network security key).
In case you didn’t throw it away, check your handbook. Or visit RouterPasswords.com(Which opens in a new window), a website that lists the default username and password for each router ever made. Some situations, but not all, need you to know the router’s model number.
Feel free to use those initially, as you will rapidly notice a trend among router manufacturers to utilize the username “admin” and password “password.” You might attempt those choices even before pressing the reset button because most individuals are lazy and don’t change a password. Turn on the wireless network(s) and assign strong yet simple-to-remember passwords while in the Wi-Fi settings. After all, you don’t want to share with your neighbors without your consent.
Additionally, make the Wi-Fi password simple to input on a mobile device. Even with the most secure password you’ve ever made, nothing is more annoying than attempting to connect a smartphone to Wi-Fi with some obscure, impossible-to-key-in-via-thumbs bullshit.
Decipher the Code
You’ll get many links when you search for “Wi-Fi password hack” or other versions of the phrase, most of which are for software on websites where adware, bots, and frauds abound. The same holds for the innumerable YouTube videos that promise to teach you how to access a specific website using your phone to crack a password. At your own risk, download those applications or go to those websites.
Many are, at best, phishing frauds. If you want to go that way, we advise using a PC you can sometimes afford to screw up. When I attempted it, luckily, my antivirus completely removed several programs before I could even try to execute the EXE installation file.
The true challenge is breaking the significantly tougher WPA/WPA2 passwords and passphrases. Only Reaver-WPS(Which opens in a new window) appears capable of handling the job. To deal with it, you’ll need your command-line familiarity once more. Reaver should be able to find a password after 4 to 10 hours of brute-force attempts, but only if the target router has a strong signal and WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) enabled.
With WPS, you may press a button on the router and a different button on a Wi-Fi device. They will automatically discover each other and hook up with a completely secured connection. Reaver creeps through this “hole” in the ground.
If you’re concerned about Reaver hacks on your router, turning off WPS is your only option. However, sometimes it still works after you turn it off. Alternately, purchase a router without WPS functionality. With some tools on Android, which only function if the Android device has been rooted, it is also possible to hack Wi-Fi through WPS. Consider the following options: Kali Nethunter, Reaver for Android, and Wi-Fi WPS WPA Tester (all open in new windows).
Cracking the code will take too much time if you need Wi-Fi right now. However, you can nearly always create a quick hotspot with your smartphone. Shortly, it will be much simpler.
You won’t be able to access that network or the wonderful internet that comes with it without a password or passphrase. Maybe you lost the password to your network, or your neighbors aren’t eager to share their free Wi-Fi. Visit a coffee shop, get a latte, and utilize the “free” Wi-Fi there. You may get a list of millions of hotspots with free Wi-Fi to use on your phone by downloading the Wi-Fi Map app, which is available for iOS and Android. If app users have provided passwords for secure Wi-Fi connections, you will also have access to those.